Archive | June 2014

One-Minute Mondays


Welcome to Week 7 of One-Minute Mondays.

It’s amazing how our brains work and how we can form a connection between coffee → your favorite coffee creamer flavor is cinnamon vanilla creme → you used to have a dog named Cinnamon → now you have a dog named Pepper who just left a trail of socks from your sock drawer to her bed, because she couldn’t decide which pair she liked best.

This unsystematic train of thought is the basis behind One-Minute Mondays, an original weekly meme where I’ll post writing prompts that consist of one or two random, out-of-the-box words. The goal is to read the prompt, set a timer to one-minute (or click the youtube timer I’ve provided below), and write the first thing that comes to mind.

 

Rules:

  1. Let your mind wander like it’s supposed to.
  2. Don’t worry about sounding perfect and making complete sense.
  3. Don’t let your pencil/pen leave the page or your fingers leave the keyboard.
  4. Don’t stop to overthink. Just write.
  5. When your time is up, take a moment to read what you’ve written, and you may be surprised at how many potential writing prompts you’ve just created for yourself. 
  6. If you are interested in where your response is headed, you may exceed the one-minute time limit.
  7. You may participate in this exercise just for fun, or you may post your one-minute response to your own blog or any other form of social media.
  8. If you post your response, be sure to include a link back to this blog, Writing My Legacy.
  9. Paste the link for your post (NOT your blog) as a comment below before the end of Friday.
  10. If you do not have a blog or form of social media in which to post your response, you may copy it into the comment box below.
  11. Each week, I will pick one response and post it here the following Monday.

 

And the theme for this week is…..

THE JUNCTION

 

 

The Friday 56 (#6)


Rules:The Friday 56
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

 The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice where I’ll post a sentence of two from page 56 of either the book I’m currently reading or a random book from my shelf. If you would also like to participate, click the link to the host’s blog page.


 

Futureless

Futureless (Beyond Oblivion Trilogy, #1) – by K.J. Draeghan

*Release Date: Monday, 28 July 2014*

 

“Only a few of the werecats spoke Corukan, and very little if any, so there wasn’t much conversation. When one of them did speak, it was only to make such comments as, ‘You have slow herd. My pride better fast.’

This caught Xoran’s interest and so he had asked, ‘Why do you refer to your group as a pride and ours a herd?’

The werecat had laughed at this. ‘You no speak Coruka? Pride us. Herd food. You prey.’

Xoran had been shocked by this statement. ‘You – you eat humans?’

‘Human to us like…animal to you. Only thing different? You talk.’ When Xoran’s eyes widened in horror the werecat simply smiled.”

(pg. 156)

 

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Photo Fridays


Welcome to Week 6 of Photo Fridays.

Photo Fridays is an original weekly meme where I’ll post writing prompts that consist of random pictures. What better way to stimulate inspiration? They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so give yourself a few moments to collect your thoughts and write them.

 

Rules:

  1. Don’t overthink it. Look at the picture, and just write.
  2. You may participate in this exercise just for fun, or you may post your response to your own blog or any other form of social media.
  3. If you post your response, be sure to include a link back to this blog, Writing My Legacy.
  4. Paste the link for your post (NOT your blog) as a comment below before the end of Wednesday.
  5. If you do not have a blog or form of social media in which to post your response, you may copy it into the comment box below.
  6. Each week, I will pick one response and post it here the following Friday.

 

Picture Source

 

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Thursday Thoughts (#5): Rating Systems


 

Thursday Thoughts is an original, weekly meme hosted by Ok, Let’s Read where I’ll post my thoughts on whatever topic is thrown at me. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

 

This Week’s Topic:

Rating Systems

 

My Thoughts:

A person shouldn’t read book reviews in the first place if they aren’t expecting to regard the opinion of fellow readers. When the majority of the world visits book review sites/blogs/pages, they’re searching for an answer to at least three questions:

  1. What is the book about?
  2. Who’s the book’s primary audience?
  3. How did other readers react to the book?

The star rating system is an important portion of these reviews. Not only is this due to the fact that many reviewers utilize it to enhance their articles but also because several people, those who are far too busy to read through an entire piece, only look long enough to view a novel’s star rating.

Though I believe in the importance of the rating system, I also understand its flaws. Not every reviewer/blogger institutes the same rating system. Some use five stars. Some use seven. Some even use ten. This can cause immense confusion towards the reader if they have no way of understanding what each rating range means.

Because of this, every site/blog/page should have an established explanation of its personal rating system. This way, if a reader was to have a couple favorite book reviewers, he or she will know exactly what each rating means.

 

My book review rating scale is as follows:

★★★★★ Go buy it NOW!

★★★★ Definitely worth a read.

★★★ If it’s free (from library or friend), read it.

★★ You could live without reading it.

★ Firewood. At least it’s good for something.

 

How do you feel about rating systems? Leave a comment below.
 

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Thoughtful Thursday (#5): Favorite Genre


 

Thoughtful Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Reading Is Fun Again where I’ll answer whatever bookish question is thrown at me. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

 

This Week’s Question:

What is your book of choice? Romance? Horror? Thriller? Mystery? Coming-of-age? 

 

My Answer:

Since my preferred writing genre is fiction, it is safe to assume what I read is also mostly fiction (especially fantasy fiction or dystopian fiction with a smidgen of romance). I do pick up the occasional non-fiction/memoir piece, depending on the narrator’s credibility. I’m not too interested in horror or hard science fiction, but I have become hooked on a few thriller/mystery authors such as the brilliant Mary Higgins Clark. Some of the fantasy fiction authors I absolutely adore and make sure to keep tabs on (wouldn’t want to miss out on their latest novels, now would I?) include Patricia Briggs, Cassandra Clare, and Kelley Armstrong.

 

What are your favorite genres? Leave a comment below.
 

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Booking Through Thursday (#5): Anticipation


 

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading hosted by Booking Through Thursday where I’ll answer whatever question is thrown at me. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking the link to the host’s blog page.

 

This Week’s Question:

Do you still get excited about new books as you did when you were little? In general? New books in particular, like from a favorite author? Or do you look at all new, unread books with the same level of anticipation?

 

My Answer:

I generally get excited over any potential reads that seem to interest me. There’s nothing like opening up a brand new book by an unread author with no prior knowledge of where it may take me…how I’ll approve of the writing style…or whether or not the story will be too predictable. And though this straight-spine, lip-bitting, prickling expectancy thrills me, there’s a whole different type of pleasure that emerges from reading work written by an author I revere. One whose novels I’ve cherished time and time again. One whose words are familiar to me and consistently leaves me submerged in comfort.

 

What books excite you the most? How would you rate this enthusiasm? Leave a comment below.
 

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